Ray Parlour has claimed that Harry Kane is a better centre-forward than Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.

England fans will be optimistic of Kane delivering in Qatar as the striker should theoretically head into the World Cup much fitter and sharper than previous major tournaments, owing to it taking place mid-season rather than at the end of the campaign.

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The Tottenham man has been in fine form this season, having found the back of the net 12 times in 15 Premier League matches so far, and he needs just three more goals to become the highest scorer in the Three Lions’ history.

The 29-year-old will likely need to fire if England are to make it to the latter stages of the tournament but Gareth Southgate’s men could face a major hurdle relatively early in proceedings as they could come up against France in the quarter-final stage, given how the groups are structured.

Parlour said that even though he prefers Kane to Benzema, Les Blues would have the upper hand going up against England.

The Arsenal legend told talkSPORT: “I worry about France in the quarter-finals, I know they’re missing players in midfield. It’s a 50/50 throw of a coin, France maybe slightly better. Dembele, Benzema, Mbappe, they’ve got some front three.

“Benzema has been on fire hasn’t he, Ballon d’Or winner. But you’ve got to say Kane is probably better than Benzema, no? It’s a tough one. Mbappe might get the golden boot, for me.”

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Benzema certainly deserved to win the Ballon d’Or this year but his goals-to-games ratio over the course of his career is far from elite. There is no doubt that Kane has been a lot more consistent that the Frenchman since breaking into the Tottenham side.

I am also not convinced that England will play France as early as the quarter-finals as I expect Denmark to finish top of Group D, ahead of Didier Deschamps’ men. Having said that, the Danes would prove just as difficult a test for the Three Lions.

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